No Cuts to Injured Workers' Benefits: Open Letter to Premier McGuinty

March 21, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

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The Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups is raising concerns over WSIB staff lay-offs and reductions in workers' compensation at the same time that WSIB President David Marshall could receive a bonus of up to $400,000 after five years, if certain financial goals and objectives are met.

The ONIWG outline the concerns in an open letter to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty released March 15 at Queen's Park.

"He's getting paid to cut our benefits," said ONIWG President Peter Page. "We have always been concerned that WSIB funding would be tackled by cuts to injured workers."

In the open letter the ONIWG outline that the terms of Marshall's appointment create a huge conflict of interest between the government's commitment that "full funding will not be achieved on the backs of injured workers." It also highlights Marshall's significant financial incentives to reduce WSIB spending on injured workers.

"It's wrong to give executive bonuses at a time when injured workers are struggling because their benefits are being cut further," said Scott McIlmoyle, chair of the CAW WCB council committee. "The McGuinty government needs to correct this situation
so that injured workers don't suffer more because of executive incentives to reduce benefits," he said.
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